Blue Brazil in dramatic fightback after Gibson double threatens to show them up

Selkirk's Lee Stephen tries hard to stay on the pitch during last Saturday's friendly against Seaham Redstar. Photograph Grant Kinghorn.

Selkirk's Lee Stephen tries hard to stay on the pitch during last Saturday's friendly against Seaham Redstar. Photograph Grant Kinghorn.

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PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY

KENNY PATERSON reports from Yarrow Park

A LATE goal by Jamie Stevenson denied Selkirk a creditable draw against First Division Cowdenbeath on Tuesday night.

And Selkirk boss Mike McKinnon was still delighted with the performance.

“This was pretty much Cowdenbeath’s first team but we were excellent,” he said.

“We were disciplined, organised, and it was a great fitness exercise.

“You can train all you want but to get that match sharpness you need to play games. We were beaten tonight, but we had them on the ropes.”

McKinnon confirmed he was chasing the signature of the club’s former top scorer Des Sutherland, who played up front against Cowdenbeath, having turned out for Berwick Rangers Reserves in their 3-0 win at Gala Rovers 24 hours earlier.

But it was his strike partner Jamie Gibson who scored both Selkirk goals, his first a superb lob over Cowdenbeath keeper Lee Wilson on 55 minutes.

His second, a minute later, was fortuitous, as Wilson’s clearance hit his defender Joe Mbu on the back and fell into the path of Gibson for an easy tap-in.

However, Cowdenbeath, who have Lauder’s Lee Makel and Galashiels’ Dougie Anderson in their coaching set-up, fought back through a Lewis Coult double before Stevenson’s smart finish spared the Blue Brazil’s blushes.

Selkirk: J. Dodds, K. Munro, B. Milven, E. Pritchard, J. Higginbottom, H. McGreson, M. Holness, J. Aitken, J. Gibson, D. Sutherland, D. Battle. Subs: R Pepper, Ryan McManus, J. Watt, A. Butters, D. Boyne, S. McGlaughlan, J. Inglis, L. Stephen, B. Connolly, B.Tait.

z Last Saturday, Selkirk went down 2-1 to north east side Seaham Red Star, with Jamie Gibson scoring Selkirk’s only goal.